A jumping spider poised on top of an orange rock. Photo by Skyler Ewing from Pexels.

Jumping spiders as a pet?

Jumping spiders as a pet?

Jumping spiders, like tarantulas, make excellent arachnid pets. Jumping spiders come in a plethora of bright or iridescent colored hairs or scales. Some striped. Some plain. All have sassy attitudes and given the right environment, a great life to watch and ponder. Adults range in size from 1/8-3/4” (4-18 mm) Their front legs are thicker and longer than their other legs. They have a lifespan of three years. These little hopping arachnids are charms of the arachnid class.

Jumping spider on a fresh green leaf. Photo by W W from Pexels.

Consider their world outside.

Nature provides all you'll need to cagescape your jumping spider's home. Forage your jumper's landscaping from clean, unsprayed untreated areas in your yard. You have everything you need for a happy spider. Living terrariums naturally provide what a jumper is looking for.

  • Sticks
  • Rocks
  • Stone
  • Leaves (dry and fresh)
  • Grasses, moss and flowers ...creating a live terrarium experience inside an arachnid specific terrarium or keeper will put your spider in the best shape for a happy life.

Jumping spiders are not web spinners. They utilize corners, spots and plants to create their hunting and resting spots. Place your spider and his environment away from heating and cooling vents, and away from direct sunlight. You're looking for a daylit area that has no direct temperature affects but has the ambient temperature of your home.

Jumping spider on top of a fresh green leaf. Photo by Skyler Ewing from Pexels

Jumping spiders need generous ventilation for breathing. Ventilated small holes that allow air flow is a must. Ventilation cannot be overstated. Their nature is to explore and jump between locations. They are acrobats. A secure lid to their environment is mandatory. Jumping spiders do well and thrive with the right environment. Space to a jumping spider is critical. One square foot is a generous world for a jumping spider. 

A few ideas for housing for your jumping spiders:

Google 'jumping spider habitats' to find creative ideas to help your little jumper thrive.

What do you feed your charming jumping spider?

jumping spider eating tiny worm on top of a plant. Photo by Erik Karits from Pexels.

  • Fruit Flies
  • Small mealworms
  • Small inchworms
  • Infant crickets
  • Wax worms
  • Mealworms

Never feed your jumping spider insects larger than them. Your jumping spider will need a small bottle cap or bowl of shallow water. Mist their environment to keep water droplets present on their foliage or moss for drinking as well.

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